How to reduce my electricity bill in my apartment?

How to reduce my electricity bill in my apartment?

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As winter approaches and the temperature drops, your apartment will use more electricity and cost you more money.  Here are some ways tips from the Consumer Energy Center to keep your bill from getting out of control:

  1. Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you’ll save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Wear warm clothing like a sweater and set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the day and evening, health permitting.
  2. Let the sunshine in. Open blinds and let the sun heat your apartment for free (get them closed again at sundown so they help insulate).
  3. Eliminate wasted energy. Turn off lights when you leave the room.
  4. Shorten showers. Simply reducing that lingering time by a few minutes can save hundreds of gallons of hot water per month. Showers account for 2/3 of your water heating costs. Cutting your showers in half will reduce your water heating costs by 33 percent.
  5. Use appliances efficiently. Do only full loads when using your dishwasher and clothes washer. Use the cold water setting on your clothes washer when you can. Using cold water reduces your washer’s energy use by 75 percent. Be sure to clean your clothes dryer’s lint trap after each use and avoid overloading the washer and dryer.
  6. Put your computer and monitor to sleep. Most computers come with the power management features turned off. On computers using Windows, open your power management software and set it so your computer goes to sleep if you’re away from your machine for 5 to 15 minutes. Those who use Macintosh computers look for the setting in your Control Panels called “Energy Saver” and set it accordingly. When you’re done using your computer, turn it off. Do not leave it in sleep mode overnight as it is still drawing a small amount of power.
  7. Plug “leaking energy” in electronics. Many new TVs, chargers, computer peripherals and other electronics use electricity even when they are switched “off.” Although these “standby losses” are only a few watts each, they add up to more than 50 watts in a typical home that is consumed all the time. If possible, unplug electronic devices and chargers that have a block-shaped transformer on the plug when they are not in use. For computer scanners, printers and other devices that are plugged into a power strip, simply switch off the power strip after shutting down your computer. The best way to minimize these losses of electricity is to purchase ENERGY STAR® products.

It not a good idea to cut off the heat or set it below 60 degrees when you leave your apartment. If the apartment gets too cold, often the heater is forced to overwork or revert to emergency heat, using more power than if left to run efficiently.

If you have any questions or comments, please stop by the Campus Crossing clubhouse!

For more ideas, check out: http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/tips/winter.html